Jan. 2014 Slides - Stories from the Trenches

24 January 2014

The Seattle Node.js Meetup community showed up in style and number for our January 21st meetup, feature our first-ever panel discussion around running Node.js in production with real world challenges like: infrastructure, operations, the cloud, and security. Mixpo hosted the event and provided us with pizza and beverages and a great introductory presentation on the company.

Panel discussion

Four speakers across three companies shared their insights, pains and triumphs running Node.js in the wild. Rex St John was kind enough to write out broad notes from the talks and panel discussions, which you can find at: http://rexstjohn.com/node-js-lessons-trenches/. And, we now have slide decks from all of the panelists!

Security, Enterprise, and the Cloud

Kyle McFarland - Piper

The world of enterprise software is riddled with many hurdles. Unlike the fast paced consumer Internet, engineers in the enterprise space are faced with many risks to mitigate and requirements to comply with. In this slower moving space how does innovative technology like Node.js take a stand. Is Node.js ready to meet the likes of PCI or HIPPA regulations? The team at Piper believes it is. Piper is preparing by buttoning up security through Passport.js, Oauth2orize, Helmet, and Lusca modules and hammering down on the data model using the latest from the JSON schema specification.


Running Node in Production

Ken Perkins - Rackspace

Let’s dive into what it takes to run your Node.js apps in production. The most important part of running Node.js is actually not related to Node.js at all; We’ll talk about setting up for success; configuring your cloud with Puppet, and keeping it running and monitored. We’ll also look at setting up across multiple environments, logging, performance and diagnosis of what happens when things go wrong.


Node.js at Nordstrom Data Lab

Jason Wilson, David Von Lehman - Nordstrom

The Nordstrom Data Lab is building out the next generation recommendations API for Nordstrom.com and beyond. Recommendo, our flagship product, was built from the ground up using Node.js and AWS in a little over three months. Since launch in November we’ve served up over a billion recommendations and survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday without breaking a sweat. We’ll be sharing some of the tips and tricks we encountered along the way concentrating on performance testing, cloud deployment and hosting with Elastic Beanstalk, and hooking Node up to DynamoDB.


See you next time!

We’d love to keep the momentum from the first meetup of 2014 rolling, so if you would like to help – via speaking, hosting or volunteering – please reach out to us via email seattlenode@gmail.com or Twitter @seattlenode.

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